Data Visualization and the Future of Research
Data are the building blocks of information, fueling our algorithmic digital world. But with so much data being produced, how can we process it? Visualization techniques allow users to understand vast amounts of data that we can’t parse. Get up to speed on techniques of data visualization from scientific researchers and scholars working in informatics, computer science, and physics – and see how these tools can help you understand Twitter. And data analysis and visualization isn’t just for science. The digital humanities movement shows us that innovative data practices aren’t just for science anymore. See innovative digital humanities research in data mining and visualization that will have you thinking differently about literature and history. This panel focuses on developments in data visualization strategies but will also covers the basics of data, some major issues with data analysis and data visualization, and prominent theories of visualization.
Johan Bollen is associate professor at the Indiana University School of
Informatics and Computing (2009-present). He was formerly a staff
scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (2005-2009). His
research takes place at the intersection between informatics, computer
science, network science, social science, and informetrics. His present
interests include the development of quantitative tools for the
assessment of scholarly impact from usage data (MESUR project) and the
study of social phenomena such as public mood states and social
contagion from large-scale online networking environments.
Joshua M. Greenberg is director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology program, where he is building a grant program focused on supporting Data & Computational Research as well as broad shifts in digitally-networked Scholarly Communications.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked at George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, as well as the New York Public Library (where he was the institution's first Director of Digital Strategy). His PhD is in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, where he wrote a dissertation on the history of the video rental industry later published by MIT press as "From Betamax to Blockbuster."
Lee Dirks is the Director for Portfolio Strategy in Microsoft Research Connections, the team within Microsoft Research responsible for working closely with academia and research organizations to help solve some of the world’s most challenging scientific and social problems via collaborative research projects.
A 20+ year veteran across multiple information management fields, Lee holds an M.S.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a post-masters degree in Preservation Administration from Columbia University. In addition to past positions at Columbia and with OCLC (Preservation Resources), Lee has held a variety of roles at Microsoft since joining the company in 1996 - namely as the corporate archivist, then corporate librarian, and as a senior manager in the corporate market research organization.
In addition to participation on several (US) National Science Foundation task forces, Lee also teaches as adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Washington Libraries, the UW iSchool's Master of Science in Information Science (MSIM) program and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill.
Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Lee loves real slow-cooked barbeque and is a rabid college basketball fan. Lee currently lives in the University Park neighborhood in Seattle, WA with his wife and two daughters.
Marguerite Avery is a senior acquisitions editor at The MIT Press. She acquires scholarly, trade, and reference books in Science and Technology Studies, Information Studies, Communications, and Internet Studies. She is currently fixated on all aspects of infrastructure and data visualization. She is also fascinated on digital publishing models and digital libraries.